Census vital for farmers and ranchers

All of Utah’s farmers and ranchers are being encouraged to complete the 2010 Census. Arthur Douglas, state Executive Director for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, says rural America is the heart and soul of America and ways have to be found to bring prosperity back to the farm, the ranch and rural communities. Douglas says having everyone counted is critical to the security of rural communities and will ensure that the more than $400 billion in federal funding will be allocated to these communities annually to support schools, broadband, initiatives, hospitals, emergency services and public works projects. He says the Census, which is taken every 10 years, also is used to determine the number of seats a state has in the House of Representatives and to apportion representatives equally among the 50 states.

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